Stop Groove 2007 alerts annoying you all the time!

Are you an active user of Groove 2007, and are constantly bombarded with alerts telling you manner of things have changed!  Well there is an easy way to stop the insanity, the annoyance, and be more productive.  All you need to do is “Suppress” the alerts:

1) Look at the Groove 2007 Launchbar

2) In the “Common Tasks” section, simply click on “Suppress Alerts”


If you get bored and want your alerts back, simply go back to the Launchbar, and click “Show Alerts”

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All the top Office 2007 Resources…

So are you comfortable with the basics of Office 2007, and want to go a little deeper?  Maybe you want to build your knowledge around one particular product?  Maybe you just want something interesting to read!

If you are into Office 2007, you might not know it, but The New Paperclip is not your only option (if you thought it was, I am very flattered though!).  There are plenty of quality resources out there that you can leverage to make you far more productive using Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook or the rest of the suite.

Here are a few places you should look…

Number 1: Alltop’s Top Microsoft Office News – []

This is a great resource if you want to keep your finger on the pulse of everything happening with Microsoft Office.  This one page displays all the news from 30 or so of the web’s leading Microsoft Office sites, which means you can quickly get up to speed on exactly what the ‘blogosphere’ is thinking about when it comes to Office.

You can also read the latest AllTop Microsoft Office news simply by watching out for the AllTop section to the right of this article – it gets updated every hour!

Number 2: Inside Office Online – []

This blog is run by the folks who run Microsoft’s own Office help site – Office Online.  Great to get their perspective on what new and exciting things are happening in the world of Microsoft Office.

Number 3: The blogs of all the Office teams at Microsoft

There is nothing better than getting it from the horse’s mouth right!  These blogs are run by the folk who actually build the products in Office, so they are filled with interesting stories, tips, and tricks that will help you become more productive with Office 2007


There are literally hundreds of other resources out there that you could find, and the ones I have listed in this article would be a great place to start… well, of course after you have read all the articles on The New Paperclip!

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Office 2007 Forum – get your Office 2007 question answered!

They have been closed for a while now, but today I am re-launching The New Paperclip’s Office 2007 Forums!

What does that mean?  If you have any question at all about Office 2007, whether it is Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access or even SharePoint Designer… you now have a place where you can look for answers.

I will be there frequently, and we will be able to draw on the collective knowledge of the community to get your question answered!

Here are the links to each of the forums:



So there you have it – the quick and easy way to get your Office 2007 question answered!  See you on the forums!

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Get Office 2007 Help, Tips, Tricks, and Tutorials on Twitter!

Are you a member of the Twitterverse?  If you use the micro-blogging service called Twitter, you can how get your favorite productivity articles on Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint… in fact the entire Microsoft Office 2007 suite directly in your Twitter feed.

All you have to do is follow @TheNewPaperclip.

I will be on there regularly so if you have any questions or suggestions for articles you can post them to Twitter as well!

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Subscribe to the Office 2007 Help, Tips, Tricks and Tutorials Newsletter

Did you know that you can get a regular email jam packed with Office 2007 tips direct from!

All you need to do is register using this form

Register today and you will receive a free copy of my e-book “Your 10 minute guide to getting up to speed with Microsoft Office 2007”

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How to set up a new Groove 2007 Account

So you have opened up Groove 2007 for the first time.  Well before you can start collaborating you have to create a new account.  So lets see how we do it!

First – Open Groove 2007
Hmmm… seems obvious doesn’t it!

Second – Unblock your firewall (only once)
Chances are you are on Windows Vista, you will be running Windows Firewall on your machine. If this is the first time you have opened Groove 2007, (and Windows Firewall is on) a dialog box will appear asking you to unblock Groove.  Trust me when I say it is in your best interests to do so (if you want to use Groove that is!)

Third – Create your new Groove Account
By now you should see the Microsoft Office Groove Account Configuration Wizard.  Click on the “Create a new Groove account” radio button then hit next.

The next screen will ask you if you have a Groove Account Configuration Code.  If you are using Groove at work your systems administrator may have a Groove Account Configuration Code for you.  Best that you check with them before going any further.  If you are using Groove at home, or only a few of you in your organisation are using Groove, you can select the third option “I don’t have a Groove Account Configuration Code” and click next

On the next screen, simply enter your personal details – name, email address, password and password hint.  When you are ready to proceed, click next

A dialog box will appear telling you to hang on a second whilst Groove configures your account.  This should only take around 10 seconds.

On the final screen of the Microsoft Office Groove Account Configuration Wizard you will be asked if you want your account to be included in the Public Groove Directory.  Basically this enables you to be discovered by other Groove users all around the world.  Select your preferred listing level, and then click “Finish”.

If you want to get up to speed quickly on the in’s and out’s of Groove, make sure you click “Yes” on the box that appears asking if you want to watch the “Getting Started Movie”.

So there you have it – How to set up your new (non-corporate) account in Groove 2007.  Easy!

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Office DevCon 2008 – Sydney, Australia

Are you an Office freak from down-under?

On the weekend of the 15th and 16th of November, a group of Aussie Office fanatics are putting together a conference called Office DevCon2008.  From what is on the agenda it looks like a great event for anyone involved in managing Office products in their workplace, or for those interested in getting a little more intimate with the Office 2007 suite, SharePoint and more.

Registration is free… and there might be sneak previews of Office 14 as well!

If you are in Sydney in mid November, make sure you check it out.  You never know, you might bump into yours truly there as well 🙂

You can find out more by visiting the Office DevCon 2008 website

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Reduce your carbon footprint with Microsoft Office 2007

Want to be a desktop publishing great, spreadsheeting wiz or PowerPoint guru and help the environment at the same time?

Guess what – you might be already!

Microsoft have released an extra section on Microsoft Office Online called Lighten up: Reduce your carbon footprint and workplace costs.

Obviously they left one tip for reducing your impact on the environment… instead of investing in all those Office 2007 self help books, why not just bookmark your favourite Office 2007 help, tips, tricks and tutorial site!


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I have a friend on the inside…

Want to know lots of in depth techincal stuff about Microsoft Office?  Well if I can’t answer it, there are plenty of people at Microsoft who know their stuff!

One of them is Alistair Speirs, a Office Technology Specialst at Microsoft Australia.  If you want to dive deep into everything office (beyond the tutorials from yours truely!) then you should check out his blog…

Check out some of his posts on Business Desktop Deployment, Enterprise Search, Office Busines Applications, OpenXML, and one he stole from me… Random text in Word 🙂

TNP and Alistair go way back… he knows his stuff!

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Deploying Office 2007 in the Enterprise

A lot of organisations have had a chance to play around with Office 2007 for a while now, and are now walking down the road of deployment.  But where to start?  Deployment has changed a little from previous versions of Microsoft Office, so it might be a good idea to brush up on a few things before kicking off that Office 2007 deployment project.

First step is to visit the 2007 Microsoft Office System Plan and Deploy with Confidence site.  This site includes Webcasts (from level 100 through to 400), Virtual Labs, and Podcasts to help you get you complete your deployment successfully.

Secondly, check out some of the articles on deployment from media outlets such as Computerworld.  These start to give you a real world perspective on the types of issues you might face during your deployment.

Thirdly, if you are ready to go now, check out articles from experts in the community, just like Aaron Parker’s post on Deploying Office 2007 with Group Policy Startup Scripts.

Finally, once your deployment is complete, make sure you let everyone in your organisation know about – so they can get up to speed quickly with the new features of Office 2007!  Remember… the key to a successful deployment is not the deployment itself, but the training and adoption that takes place afterwards.

’till next time,